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  1. 10 Aug '09 13:45
    FOX News Blogs » The Glenn Beck Blog
    March 25th, 2009 3:30 PM Eastern
    Know Your Unions: SEIU
    by Web Producer
    Today, we take a look at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

    Membership

    • There are 2 million members united in SEIU across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico and they work in three service industry divisions:

    Health Care: There are over 1 million members in the field, including nurses, LPNs, doctors, lab technicians, nursing home workers, home care workers.

    Public Services: SEIU is the second largest union of public service employees with 850,000 local and state government workers, public school employees, bus drivers, and child care providers - 49,000 of which joined SEIU in early 2005 in one of the largest union elections in U.S. history.

    Property Services: SEIU is the largest property services union, with 225,000 workers who protect and clean commercial and residential office buildings, and is the largest security union, with 50,000 private security officers and public safety personnel.


    • SEIU is the nation's most diverse union:

    56 percent of SEIU members are women

    40 percent are people of color

    • SEIU represents more immigrant workers than any other union in the United States.

    Source: Union fast facts

    Donations to President Obama Campaign

    • The Service Employees International Union spent $30,816,092 in independent expenditures in support of Barack Obama

    • In the 2008 election cycle donations to Democrats represented 94 percent of the SEIU PAC's overall contributions

    Source: Center for Responsive Politics via Federal Election Commission

    SEIU and the Nevada Caucus

    • Obama won the backing of the Service Employees International Union of Nevada on January 8, 2008

    • It was a boost for Obama, after a 2nd-place finish in the New Hampshire primary that surprised his campaign, pollsters and political observers

    • Nevada was the 3rd state to hold a nominating contest on Jan. 19, following Iowa and New Hampshire

    • SEIU Nevada, at the time, said nearly two thirds of its 17,500 represented workers were registered to vote

    Sources: The Swamp, "SEIU of Nevada endorses Obama" by John McCormick, January 9, 2008
    SEIU press release

    Recent Causes Supported by SEIU

    • October 27, 2008: Campaigning for Obama/Biden, SEIU reach the height of their campaign efforts with 3,000 SEIU members, staff and local leaders off the job and in the field working on the campaign

    • January 7, 2009: SEIU launched the "Change That Works" campaign that had a three pronged approach: Fix nation's broken health care system; lobby for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act; bring economic relief to millions across the country

    • January 9, 2009: SEIU local unions in California unite into a single local union to create the nation's largest and most powerful organization of long term care workers

    • January 27, 2009: Called for the ouster of Ken Lewis as CEO of Bank of America in light of the bonuses being paid to Merrill employees

    • January 30, 2009: First ad buy of the 2010 campaign was an aggressive television campaign in support of Harry Reid's reelection bid

    • February 12, 2009: SEIU members and community allies from around the state plan to rally in front of the Capitol Building in Sacramento and the governor's offices in Los Angeles, Riverside, Fresno and San Diego to protest what they saw as a bad state budget that limited workers rights

    • February 20, 2009: They rallied against Burger King who they believed were rallying against the Employee Free Choice Act

    • February 25, 2009: SEIU announced that it has begun a new, aggressive television ad campaign to elect State Representative Sara Feigenholtz to fill the U.S. House seat vacated by Rahm Emanuel

    • February 26, 2009: Several hundred SEIU members from around the Los Angeles area rallied to support the president's vision to fix health care

    • March 19, 2009: SEIU were one of many sponsors for a rally that spanned more than 30 states across the country against the AIG bonuses

    Source: Various SEIU press releases

    PR Newswire, L.A. Area SEIU Members Gear Up to Support Effort to Fix Healthcare; Plan Rally for Thursday, February 25, 2009

    http://glennbeck.blogs.foxnews.com/2009/03/25/know-your-unions-seiu/
  2. 10 Aug '09 13:47
    Eye Witness to St. Louis Scuffle: 'SEIU Representative Punched Him In the Face.' (Updated w Gladney Quotes)

    Last night, as reports began to emerge of unrest at two big health care town halls in Tampa and St. Louis, a man on Twitter claiming to work with SEIU, claimed a handful of arrests in St. Louis had been Obamacare critics, and they'd been arrested for assaulting SEIU members. His report was dutifully repeated by liberals looking to paint the violence as caused by critics of the administration.
    When I went looking for corroboration of his story, I found something quite different in this report from the Post-Dispatch:
    Kenneth Gladney, 38, a conservative activist from St. Louis, said he was attacked by some of those arrested as he handed out yellow flags with "Don't tread on me" printed on them. He spoke to the Post-Dispatch from the emergency room at St. John's Mercy Medical Center, where he said he was awaiting treatment for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face. Gladney, who is black, said one of his attackers, also a black man, used a racial slur against him before the attack.
    "It just seems there's no freedom of speech without being attacked," he said.
    Six people were arrested: "Two of the people were arrested on suspicion of assault, one of resisting arrest and three on suspicion of committing peace disturbances, police say."
    Today, video emerged, which looked like it might have captured the alleged assault on Kenneth Gladney. It was taken by someone from a blog named Missourah, who was shooting the scenes of the Carnahan event all night:

    I just got off the phone with David Brown, a friend of Gladney's who was an eye-witness to the event. A St. Louis attorney, he plans to represent Gladney in civil action against the SEIU members he claims assaulted him. Brown confirms that the video above is of the fight in question. Brown has also written a letter recounting the incident, reprinted at Hot Air.
    "There's three independent witnesses that don't know Ken at all that are in the police report. I'm pretty sure that they corroborate each other's stories," Brown said.
    This is his description of the incident:
    "He was handing out flags to anybody who wanted them...The SEIU guy came up to him and said, "Why is an n-word like you handing out these flags?"
    "Kenneth didn't say anything to the guy. Before Kenneth could even say anything or act in any way shape or form, the SEIU representative punched him in the face."
    "He went to the ground. Subsequently, two other SEIU representatives or members, however you want to say it, jumped on top of him, yelled racial epithets at him...kicked him, punched him."
    Brown said Gladney told him he was also kicked by a woman, but Brown didn't witness that part. Gladney then went to the hospital, Brown said.
    "He sustained some injuries to his back, some bruising," he said.
    Brown said a black male with an SEIU t-shirt and a white man in an SEIU t-shirt were both arrested on suspicion of assault, while another man left the scene before police got there. A woman was arrested in connection with the incident, but not for assault. Brown was not sure of the charge. The incident happened around 9 p.m., he said.
    His account seems to match up with the Post-Dispatch report, and would account for three of the six arrests—two for assault, and one on lesser charges.
    His account also seems to line up with parts of the video, which starts after the scuffle begins and includes Gladney himself and several witnesses claiming the SEIU guys attacked him. In the video, a black man in a tan polo shirt (Gladney) is clearly being picked up and pulled to the ground by a much larger white man wearing the signature purple SEIU t-shirt (:05).
    Brown said he read on a liberal blog today that Gladney, who Brown says is well under six feet and weighs about 150 lbs., had attacked the SEIU guys, and they were simply defending themselves.
    "He attacked three or four people? No. These guys were pretty big and burly," Brown said. "That's just impossible. That's just ludicrous."
    A detailed write-up of everything I can make out in the video is below the fold.
    Brown will be on Neil Cavuto's show at 4 p.m. today. Things will be clearer when there's a full police report available, but it doesn't look great for the SEIU guys that there are two of them to Gladney's one, that both of them are considerably larger than him, that Gladney's the one who ended up in the hospital, and that there are several people who don't seem to know him backing up Gladney on the video.
    On Twitter last night, there was a clear effort from liberals to portray any scuffles from last night's town halls as the inevitable violent eruption of right-wing mob members, but it is interesting that there was no violence until the night liberal interest group HCAN and Dem members of Congress started calling in union members to "protect" them and host these events. It's also interesting that the only documented cases of violence thus far seem to be going one way. The Slapper, seen on Drudge and in these pictures (9-17), is local Tampa Democratic operative Karen Miracle.
    That's not to say opponents of Obamacare were entirely without fault throughout the night, but thus far, there's much more evidence going the other way.
    Write-up of the video below the fold.
    Update: Gladney appeared on Neill Cavuto's show today, with David Brown. Some reports have called him a conservative activist, but both Brown and Gladney said he's not. Gladney, who is currently unemployed, was at the event to sell buttons and "Don't Tread on Me" flags to attendees.
    "He said, 'What kind of n-word are you to be giving out this stuff?,' and he snatched the button board. I snatched the button board back and he proceeded to hit me in the face."
    "They actually broke my glasses off of my face when they started beating me."
    "I was just there to try to make an honest dollar and try to learn something about this type of gathering."
    "I just don't think anyone should have to go through what I went through."
    He also said he was not paid or asked to be at the event or to start any trouble.
    In the video, a black man in a tan polo shirt (Gladney) is clearly being picked up and pulled to the ground by a much larger white man wearing the signature purple SEIU t-shirt (:05).
    A black man and a white man, both wearing SEIU t-shirts walk away from the melee after other protesters bring attention to it, and call for police. The black SEIU member, rubbing his shoulder, says at one point, "He pushed me," as protesters accuse him of attacking the man in the tan shirt. The black SEIU guy sounds like he's looking for his "keys," but I can't be sure. In the background, the white SEIU guy is in a verbal argument with someone in a white polo who says, "You attacked him. You're going to jail!," which elicits and "F*** you" from the white SEIU guy.
    When Gladney is brought back over to the scene, this time with an escort, he yells, "Where are my glasses?" at which point the black SEIU guy seems to hand something over to him, but it's obscured.
    "What the hell is wrong with y'all?" Gladney exclaims. "Why'd you hit me? Did I bother you?" (0:43)
    The camera then pans back to the man in the white polo and the white SEIU guy:
    "You attacked that guy for nothing," says white polo.
    "No, we didn't attack him for nothing," SEUI guy replied, adding something I can't understand. (:53)
    As the camera pans back over to a bewildered Gladney and surrounding witnesses, you can hear White Polo say, "Two of you attacked that poor guy."
    SEIU: "No, we didn't."
    White Polo: "Yeah, you did!"
    SEIU: "He attacked America!" (1:01)
    At around 1:25, the person filming asks Gladney what happened.
    Gladney: "That guy attacked me."
    Cameraman: "Which guy?"
    Gladney: "The black guy, there."
    Cameraman: "Why?"
    Gladney: "I don't know. I was standing there, you saw me. You saw me, I'm standing here selling my flags."
    He flags down a cop car, at which point the rest of the video is of police cuffing a protesting white woman (not sure what her role was) and the white SEIU guy, who protests that he didn't attack Gladney; he was simply removing him from his fellow SEIU member. The police are also detaining White Polo, but don't cuff him or anything in the video.
    Posted by Mary Katharine Ham on August 7, 2009 03:00 PM | Permalink
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/08/eye_witness_to_st_louis_scuffl.asp
  3. 10 Aug '09 15:51 / 1 edit
    Oh so now you're resorting to the glenn beck blog?

    this can't get any more pathetic.

    I din't know you were that desperate utherpendragon, but nice try, Im sure glenn beck is fair and balanced.

    "SEIU: "He attacked America!" " what kind of retard would say that?
  4. 10 Aug '09 15:55
    Originally posted by generalissimo
    Oh so now you're resorting to the glenn beck blog?

    this can't get any more pathetic.

    I din't know you were that desperate utherpendragon, but nice try, Im sure glenn beck is fair and balanced.
    whatever your opinions on glen beck are,it does not take away from the FACTS my friend.
  5. 10 Aug '09 16:12
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    whatever your opinions on glen beck are,it does not take away from the FACTS my friend.
    Facts are facts, and I can't argue against that.

    However, it is the way they're presented that makes the difference.
    Im not sure it wasn't biased.
  6. 10 Aug '09 16:27
    Originally posted by generalissimo
    Facts are facts, and I can't argue against that.

    However, it is the way they're presented that makes the difference.
    Im not sure it wasn't biased.
    yes facts are facts,thank you.
    All media folks have their bias opinions.
    However,he digs deep on stories the very biased main stream choose to be silent on and what I presented above are the facts about the SEIU.
    Is it mere coincidence they are going to town hall meetings assaulting people who are against obamacare ? Why is the SEIU so interested as a organization in obamacare? Who gave them the green light to do this?they are clearly making a statement wearing their SEIU shirts while they pummel people into the ground opposed to obamacare.There has been no violence until they showed up. Reminds me of election day w/the black panthers standing outside polling places w/night sticks. Also reminds me of Hitlers brown shirts w/their strong arm tactics. Laugh if you want,the similarities are uncanny.
    It does not make me desperate or pathetic to quote glen beck or fox news.That is another tactic of the left to silence decent. myself and others will not be silenced in such a manner.
  7. 10 Aug '09 16:39
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    yes facts are facts,thank you.
    All media folks have their bias opinions.
    However,he digs deep on stories the very biased main stream choose to be silent on and what I presented above are the facts about the SEIU.
    Is it mere coincidence they are going to town hall meetings assaulting people who are against obamacare ? Why is the SEIU so interested a ...[text shortened]... r tactic of the left to silence decent. myself and others will not be silenced in such a manner.
    All media folks have their bias opinions
    including beck.

    Is it mere coincidence they are going to town hall meetings assaulting people who are against obamacare ?

    I think it is unfair to blame the violence and bigotry presented by some few individuals on Obama himself. Calling it an "Obama connection" is both misleading and inaccurate.

    That is another tactic of the left to silence decent. myself and others will not be silenced in such a manner.

    Im not a left-winger.
  8. 10 Aug '09 16:48
    Originally posted by generalissimo
    [b]All media folks have their bias opinions
    including beck.

    Is it mere coincidence they are going to town hall meetings assaulting people who are against obamacare ?

    I think it is unfair to blame the violence and bigotry presented by some few individuals on Obama himself. Calling it an "Obama connection" is both misleading and inaccu ...[text shortened]... decent. myself and others will not be silenced in such a manner.[/b]

    Im not a left-winger.[/b]
    That is another tactic of the left to silence decent. myself and others will not be silenced in such a manner.

    Im not a left-winger.


    I find here that any time Fox is used as a reference or its contributors,as well as,the heritage foundation and other right of center groups the leftist posters get all worked up and say the argument is invalid because of the source. Thats b.s they are no more bias then any other outlet and less bias than many. CNN and MSNBC for example ( and the BBC)Thats the same tactic you use so I put you in that catagory.My apologies. Where do you place your self then in regards to American politics?
  9. 10 Aug '09 17:04
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    [b]That is another tactic of the left to silence decent. myself and others will not be silenced in such a manner.

    Im not a left-winger.


    I find here that any time Fox is used as a reference or its contributors,as well as,the heritage foundation and other right of center groups the leftist posters get all worked up and say the argument is inv ...[text shortened]... n that catagory.My apologies. Where do you place your self then in regards to American politics?[/b]
    I find here that any time Fox is used as a reference or its contributors,as well as,the heritage foundation and other right of center groups the leftist posters get all worked up and say the argument is invalid because of the source. Thats b.s they are no more bias then any other outlet and less bias than many. CNN and MSNBC for example ( and the BBC)Thats the same tactic you use so I put you in that catagory.My apologies. Where do you place your self then in regards to American politics?

    The thing is that I think Fox is biased, there are a few exceptions, but in general it is incredibly one-sided. I never said it wasn't valid because it was fox news, I said it wasn't valid because of the way is was presented.
    Also I never claimed the others weren't biased, as a matter of fact, I have criticized them in the past (bbc and msnbc).
    If I were an american I'd probably be a republican.
  10. Standard member DrKF
    incipit parodia
    10 Aug '09 17:06
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    [b]Eye Witness to St. Louis Scuffle: 'SEIU Representative Punched Him In the Face.' (Updated w Gladney Quotes)

    Last night, as reports began to emerge of unrest at two big health care town halls in Tampa and St. Louis, a man on Twitter claiming to work with SEIU, claimed a handful of arrests in St. Louis had been Obamacare critics, and they'd been arre ...[text shortened]...
    If true, it's deplorable. I think most right-thinking people, on the left, right or in the middle, don't want to see that sort of thing. Of course, none of those groups has a natural monopoly on idiots who get so wound up they do something reprehensible.

    (sh76 will, in the interests of fairness, be along shortly to call you out for double standards, I should think...)

    For someone given the opportunity in another thread to condemn the use of physical intimidation by opponents of health care reform at the, ahem, 'spontaneous' town hall meetings, or even just to condemn the hanging of an effigy of a democratically elected representative, but chose not to do so, suggests maybe you need to decide if everyone ought to be judged by the same standards and if not, why not.
  11. Standard member sh76
    Civis Americanus Sum
    10 Aug '09 17:24
    Originally posted by DrKF
    (sh76 will, in the interests of fairness, be along shortly to call you out for double standards, I should think...)
    Perhaps I would have... but I'll be 100% honest with you. I don't generally read such long posts, especially if it looks like they're just quoting other sources. I don't have a problem with long posts or quoting other sources at all; I just don't have the time or attention span in the middle of the work day to read them.

    But, by all means, if someone was using a double standard, they shouldn't. So there!
  12. 10 Aug '09 17:30
    Originally posted by DrKF
    If true, it's deplorable. I think most right-thinking people, on the left, right or in the middle, don't want to see that sort of thing. Of course, none of those groups has a natural monopoly on idiots who get so wound up they do something reprehensible.

    (sh76 will, in the interests of fairness, be along shortly to call you out for double standards, I shoul ...[text shortened]... you need to decide if everyone ought to be judged by the same standards and if not, why not.
    thanks for your insight and your little jab at me for a past quote(I chuckled ) they are not orchestrated by the republicans despite what the state run media is saying. These people upset are mostly senior citizens and/ or common every day people who can not get a straight answer from their elected politicians(WAIT until 2010!). WE do not like these sort of things crammed down our throats. The Federal government knows whats best for us ....I dont think so! They cant even manage "cash for clunkers" but they are gonna handle my health care? I dont think so !
    The only orchestration in this whole affair is the SEIU coming in assaulting people.AND the Black Panthers at polling places w/night sticks and ACORN assaulting congressman in Albany,NY, all who co-incidently have close ties w/the present adminisration.
  13. Standard member DrKF
    incipit parodia
    10 Aug '09 17:40
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    thanks for your insight and your little jab at me for a past quote(I chuckled ) they are not orchestrated by the republicans despite what the state run media is saying. These people upset are mostly senior citizens and/ or common every day people who can not get a straight answer from their elected politicians(WAIT until 2010!). WE do not like thes ...[text shortened]... g congressman in Albany,NY, all who co-incidently have close ties w/the present adminisration.
    We'll just have to agree to disagree on the sponaneity or otherwise of at least some of these protests.

    I am surprised that you aren't prepared to condemn hanging people in effigy, though.
  14. 10 Aug '09 17:53
    Originally posted by DrKF
    We'll just have to agree to disagree on the sponaneity or otherwise of at least some of these protests.

    I am surprised that you aren't prepared to condemn hanging people in effigy, though.
    c'mon man! I am not a nut case(hanging people in effigy) because I write things half tanked that got me irate,politically speaking, in my nation. Its very hard to get across to people overseas as to whats going on here.Especially, when leftist U.S.posters are chiming in w/their Nancy Pelosi talking points every chance they can get.Who, I truly question their age and life experience. Despite what y'all are being told by your media sources,these "changes" do not have the blessings of the majority of the public in the States.
  15. 10 Aug '09 18:11
    Originally posted by utherpendragon
    c'mon man! I am not a nut case(hanging people in effigy) because I write things half tanked that got me irate,politically speaking, in my nation. Its very hard to get across to people overseas as to whats going on here.Especially, when leftist U.S.posters are chiming in w/their Nancy Pelosi talking points every chance they can get.Who, I truly questio ...[text shortened]... urces,these "changes" do not have the blessings of the majority of the public in the States.
    if you're not a nut case then why do you act like one? supporting the ideas of other well-known nut cases (whodey and his little parrot joe) as well as the openly racist sam the sham.

    the public may not like them, but that doesn't mean they're wrong.